Don Beale Paddles is… Myself, and a few friends. I started by carving paddles for myself, in 1999. It took nine paddles to get one I liked. The first paddle sold in 2002, and Beale Paddles was born. In 2015, paddle #700 was carved. When you order a paddle from me, all the experience of over 700 happy customers is put into your paddle.
I am a kayaking instructor as well, first certifying at ACA Basic Coastal level in 2003. Every year I dedicate some time and funds to professional training. Currently I am an ACA level 5 instructor, and BCU 4-star sea leader trained, teaching for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society, SSTIKS (South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium), and other Greenland events in the US and abroad.